I am baaack! Back home, that is. And all I got from Big T was “hey”. A very unenthusiastic welcome. But I hugged him and I know he missed me. They all did. Little T’s face lit up in a HUGE smile when he saw me. 🙂 I must add, Mr. T held down the fort fabulously.

International Conference was fun. Swanky Tropical Resort was both swanky and tropical.

St Martin

The beach was a topless beach (in that you could be topless if you wanted. This was a first for me and it was not my cup of tea). Everything was super-duper pricey, and the location was pretty.

One thing though…the food left a lot to be desired. Here’s a list of top 10 things I did not like (foodwise) about this past week:

10. The butter for rolls was unsalted. eh.

9. While we are on the topic, the rolls/breads were not always fresh.

8. That was not papaya they had. That was cantaloupe. SO not the same thing.

7. Fish was always over-cooked. chewy.

6. Cold chicken. Really? People like that? Really??

5. Soggy french toast. It was ewwww.

4. This one time, I had raw bacon.

3. Dinner was served at 8pm daily (LATE!!!)

2. There we no snacks between 12:30pm lunch and 8pm dinner. Maybe they put on into starvation mode so that we would not notice how bad some of the food was.

1. The polenta with truffles. It was truly awful. I am still gagging.

Now the good:

10. The fruit punch. It was actually very good.

9. Their coffee and teas. Oh and they had evian water as their bottled water of choice. I am an aquafina girl myself. But evian is good too.

8. Fancy jams and jellies – guava, tamarind, mango…

7. Fancy tropical juices too – passionfruit, guava…

6. Rum punch on the beach.

5. The rotini with pesto and arugula was a pleasant surprise.

4. Fat little breakfast sausages.

3. Rum punch at check-in.

2. Being waited on by a very attentive french-speaking wait-staff. It is just sexier to be waited on in French. Oui, madame…

1. Fried plantains. FOR BREAKFAST. It was magnificent.

I missed my family so much though. In fact, anytime I saw other children I stared at them longingly cause I missed mine so much. The meeting itself was fun, and I made a lot of good contacts. I also got great feedback on my talk. so I guess it was worth it.

One last thing: I had enough time to read a book by the author Malla Nunn – A Beautiful Place to Die. It was hard for me to put it down, and I read it in 2 days. If you like murder mysteries with lots of historical info thrown in, you’ll probably love this one. It’s set in 1952 South Africa, not exactly a comfortable, happy time in SA. Check it out.

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